I was saddened to read that there have been cases of infection which can cause meningitis at Our Lady and St Patrick Primary in Downpatrick (News, June 26).
Everyone at Meningitis UK was touched to read that all the children are responding to treatment and all the measures are in place to limit the spread of the disease.
Meningitis can strike with incredible speed and the symptoms are notoriously difficult to detect, often being confused with flu.
For these reasons, we believe preventative measures are the best solution.
Our sole focus is to fund the development of vaccines and other methods of preventing this devastating disease.
Our Search 4 a Vaccine Campaign aims to raise £7m to fund life-saving research into stamping out all forms of meningitis.
In the absence of a vaccine, we also distribute a wide range of material to raise awareness of the common symptoms and the need to act quickly, which can mean the difference between life and death.
If any of your readers would like a symptoms information pack, including wallet-sized symptoms cards, or to find out more about supporting our Search 4 a Vaccine Campaign, they can call Meningitis UK on (0117) 947 6320, or visit www.meningitisUK.org.
Chief executive, Meningitis UK